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Potential sponsors can now apply for Canada’s Parents and Grandparents program


Canadian Immigration Agency, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has started sending email invitations to potential sponsors who have been selected to apply for the 2018 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) program.

Invitations will be sent over several days.

Family reunification is a top immigration priority for the Government of Canada. In 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced a new application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents sponsorship program, which they are continuing to use in 2018.

If IRCC does not receive 10,000 complete applications, additional potential sponsors will be invited to apply later in the year.

Everyone who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2018 is encouraged to monitor their email accounts as well as IRCC’s website and Twitter and Facebook channels throughout the year in case additional rounds of potential sponsors are invited to submit complete applications.

Find out what to do if you were randomly selected to submit an application.

Those who have a child or grandchild in Canada, and who wish to spend an extended period of time with their families in Canada, also have the option to apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, whether they are being sponsored for permanent residence or not.

The Super Visa offers holders the option of staying in Canada for up to two years for their initial visit, whereas the regular visa provides a six-month maximum.

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